Character Traits Essay - DIGITAL for Distance Learning - Literary Essay Writing

Joy Sexton
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Character Traits Essay – Informative Writing - Here’s the DIGITAL version of a literary essay made easy and ready to use with ANY text! This step-by-step resource is designed to lead your students through the entire process of writing a character analysis essay. Great for distance learning, students can self-pace all the way through with the clear directions and prompts. Perfect for the 1:1 classroom!

Easy-to-follow templates guide students in drafting all four paragraphs! Includes a mentor text to model strong writing. Standards-aligned with differentiation.

In this download, you will have a PDF with:

--links that allow you to access the resource

--instructions for uploading and using the resource with students

--the student resource, Version 1 - without quotations required

--the student resource, Version 2 - with quotations required

--Guidelines for teaching with the resource

--Common Core standards and differentiation

* **NOTE: This is a DIGITAL resource for use with Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. Students type directly into text boxes on Google Slides. If you are interested in the PRINT version of this resource, click on this title: Character Traits Essay – Print Version


Contents of the Resource:

1. CHARACTER TRAITS ACTIVITIES – These motivating slides give students practice with character traits. Includes interactive word box and picture prompt activities, plus a character traits list

2. CHARACTER TRAITS ESSAY – The assignment slide where students brainstorm and choose the character and traits they will use for their essay

3. ESSAY GRAPHIC ORGANIZER – Students record their traits and evidence on this clear and attractive organizer

4. WRITING THE INTRODUCTION – A slide that contains a fill-in template (with sentence-by-sentence instructions) for drafting the entire introduction

5. WRITING BODY PARAGRAPHS – Two slides that contain fill-in templates (with sentence-by-sentence instructions) guide students as they draft their two body paragraphs

6. WRITING THE CONCLUSION – A fill-in template (with sentence-by-sentence instructions) guides students as they draft a concluding paragraph

7. REVISING AND EDITING CHECKLIST – After following directions for revising and editing, students evaluate to what extent they have revised and edited their essays on a task-specific chart.

8. MENTOR TEXT – A sample Character Traits Essay entitled “Grandma’s Unique Qualities” (based on the novel A Long Way from Chicago) demonstrates format, content, and writing expectations as a model for student writing. Students are prompted to look for certain essay requirements evidenced in the model.

9. ADDING QUOTATIONS – As an option/or for differentiation, additional slides that demonstrate and allow for students to add two quotations to their essay are provided. An Amended Mentor Text is also included with the addition of two embedded text quotations.

10. GRADING RUBRIC - A 4-point rubric is included for grading the essays

11. TEACHER GUIDELINES AND COMMON CORE STANDARDS – Detailed guidelines for using this resource along with Common Core standards and differentiation

You will love the organization of this resource and the “scaffolds” that help all levels of students achieve positive results. The fun pre-writing activities initiate student engagement!

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Thanks! ---Joy

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Total Pages
29 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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